How do you think people perceive writers? I don’t think people perceive writers, and it annoys me. We really aren’t in the general consciousness of the populace. Unless you are a lit-head yourself, you aren’t going to care about or consider a writer. For the most part, we are a mysterious species, mostly referenced, but rarely discussed and seen even less. Which is so stupid. Writers, author, what have you, are awesome. We’re rock stars. It’s about time people started realizing it.
What’s the reason for your life? Have you figured out your reason for being here yet? Absolutely. I’ve known for a long time. I’m here to love and serve God with my whole being, and to bring glory to His name with everything I do. Beyond that, I want to become a Master Storyteller and join the ranks of the Greats. Plus, just be a kind and loving person; put some goodness in the world.
How important are friends in your life? Extremely important. I wouldn’t be who or where I am today without my friends. They don’t even realize how important they are to me. Even though I try to show how much I love them, I fear it doesn’t always translate clearly. And I want it to. I often worry about stuff like that.
What does love mean to you? Everything. ‘We are driven by love’, as it says in The Story-Artisan’s Creed. It drives everything I do.
What social issues interest you the most? I’m big on education and nutrition. I would love to help out with school reading programs. The education system in America is simply atrocious right now, and it makes me so angry.
Who do you admire? A lot of amazing people. Maya Angelou, my angel, Toni Morrison, Eminem, Catherine M. Valente, Doris Day. They’ve all impacted my life in one way or other.
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life? Not giving up when I could have.
Milo Hestler is a lonely, unusual, fourteen-year-old girl. She is constantly moving from home to home with her oblivious parents. The only friend she has is her conscience, whom she has named Bob. Her only comforts are cooking and listening to hip-hop.
When her family moves yet again, Milo is bullied mercilessly by her classmates. Such treatment prompts her to travel to Australia for summer camp. During the plane ride, Milo awakens to find the plane deserted and about to crash.
After parachuting into the ocean, she discovers she is near an island. Milo passes out, and upon waking, learns she was rescued by a boy named Simon, who is cute, but can’t speak English. Not able to understand him, she accidentally says yes when he asks her to marry him.
He leads her to a small town on the island, where they locate someone who can translate for them. Milo is outraged to hear that she is engaged to Simon and wants to call it off, but learns that this island has rules that cannot be broken. She must go through with the marriage against her will.
After learning about the trick he played on her, Milo hates Simon, though it is obvious that sixteen-year-old Simon really likes her. What will happen next on The Island of Lote? From her earliest memories, Emily Kinney has wanted to be a writer. She lives in Maine. “This book is just the first of many to come, rest assured.” Publisher’s website: sbpra.com/EmilyKinney
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Genre - Young Adult Fiction
Rating – PG
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